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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 
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October 13, 2019 
Dear Friends,
 
It’s hard to believe that it’s already October and that we are moving into this season of harvest.  The last few days I was at our annual Clergy Conference, which was held up in Woodstock.  As I was driving home through the cornfields I was surprised at how small the corn stalks were and that there were no mature ears on them.  I think that the scarcity of this year’s harvest is a lesson for us, particularly as we will be kicking off our Stewardship Campaign in just a few weeks.  For the harvest to be bountiful, there are a number of things that are necessary.  The fields need to be plowed and prepared just so, the seed needs to go into the ground at just the right time, it needs the right amount of sunlight and rain, too much or too little of any of these can be devastating. 
 
The church has often conflated this idea of harvest and stewardship.  We have too often placed much of our stewardship focus on the giving of money, as though that were the harvest.  But the truth is that Stewardship is more like the work that happens before the harvest, the plowing and planting and watering, all the hard work that is necessary for growth to happen.  This Stewardship season I encourage you to consider where we have been as a faith community, and then envision where we are going and where we could be going.  Then consider what you are able to give to help us get there.  Our Stewardship gifts are three-fold: Time, Talent and Treasure.   Just as it takes a balance of all the elements for the corn to grow and mature, it takes a balance of all three of these gifts for parishes to grow and remain healthy.  As you are considering your part in the life and ministry of this parish, please consider what you are able to contribute in all three of these areas.  In the coming weeks you will be receiving our Stewardship Resource to use while you reflect and discern what it is that God is asking of you.  In the meantime, please keep this parish in your daily prayers, particularly your Finance & Stewardship Committee as they will be working hard to draft a proposed budget for our next year of ministry together. 
 
Faithfully,
Fr. Jeremy
St. John's by the Numbers

Attendance Last Sunday:74
Last Week's Offering: $4,618.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is
$154,299.20 which is $17,497.96 (10%) BELOW our budgeted need.
The Bishop Search & Nomination Committee needs your help.  If you have not already done so, please take the brief online survey that will help to guide the committee as they write our Diocesan Profile.   The profile will be an important tool describing the current state of our Diocese and letting prospective candidate know where we want to be going. 

The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete and all members of the Diocese are encouraged to participate. The survey will be open through Sunday, October 13 and is divided into two parts. The first part asks about various aspects of the Diocese of Chicago and what characteristics are desired in the next bishop. These five questions are required. The second part includes questions that will help the committee learn a little bit about you. These answers are helpful in interpreting the results, and are optional. All answers are anonymous.

 
To begin the survey, click here.
TRAINING

As you may have noticed, there is now an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) located in the Narthex, next to the door going out to the Columbarium.  This generous gift to St. John's helps to make us a safer Church.  Now, we want to make sure that people know how to use it in the event of a cardiac emergency.  The Flossmoor Fire Department has offered to come to St. John's to offer a Friends & Family CPR & AED training class.  This will be a low-key training, geared to be accessible to people of all comfort levels.  The training will be:

Saturday, November 16
at 9:00 am
in the Resource Room

The training is free, but space will be limited, so it is important that you register with the Church Office.  Please let Sarra know if you plan to attend either by email or by calling (708) 798-4150.  If we have enough interest we will add an additional class.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.  We will be collecting donations for one more week, so if you have not done so and would like to contribute, you still can.  You can place a check in the Sunday offering (be sure to indicate Hurricane Dorian Relief in the memo line) or you can give online by clicking here.  Please continue to keep our friends in the Bahamas in your prayers.
  Click the link above to go to the Online Giving page of our website and join us as we continue worshipping God through our generosity.  
Collect for October 13th

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

2019-2020 Adult Christian Formation
Would you like to know more about what we, as Episcopalians, believe, and how we are formed to be followers of Jesus?  Please join us on Sunday mornings beginning September 15 at 9:00am in the Resource Room as we spend a year walking through the Book of Common Prayer together and learning what shapes us.  This is a perfect class for anyone who would is considering being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church.  This year's Confirmation and Reception will be the last one with Bishop Lee!
Registration is not required, but you should purchase the book to fully participate in the class.  You can purchase Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices on Amazon.com. 
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Kristy Petersen
LEM: Donna Blackburn
Usher: Warren Becker

 
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Chris Pfeifer,
                      Steven Russell

LEMs: Debbi Huggett, Sam Otoo
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Zoe Huntoon,
Ruby Moxley

Ushers: Stewart Scott,                                            Ted Stone
Greeters: Alison Deniston,                                    Candice Barerra
Oblation Bearer: 
Mike Juskelis
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter

Altar Guild: Captain: Susan Marquis, Debbi Huggett, Don Rubins, Betsy Elliot
Your Lobsterfest 2019 window is closing fast!

*Be sure to get your orders in by October 15

Pickup will take place here at
St. John's on October 19.


Order forms can be found here at St. John's in the Narthex, the Undercroft, and in the entryway near the parish office. Or you can contact Rob McManamy
robmac0613@yahoo.com
Youth of St. John's!
The Youth Group will be meeting on Saturday October 26th for some Halloween Festivities. Local Deanery Youth have also been invited. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship, food, friends, and fun.
 

Note: The St. John's Youth Group normally meets on the third Saturday of the month. Please contact the parish office with any questions. 
This Week's Lessons

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Psalm 66:1-11
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Go to lectionarypage.net to read this week's lessons.
Have you ever wondered, "What if church was like a dinner party?"  

On Sunday evenings it is!  You're invited to join us as we worship much like the early Church did, gathering as a community around the table, sharing a meal that we all help to prepare. Come see how God's Holy Spirit is moving in our own time and community.

St. John's Table is held every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.
Please join us for the next Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop, presented by Certified Life Celebrant Silvia Gale. The second installment of this three part workshop will take place in the Resource Room this Saturday, October 12 starting at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome even if you were unable to attend the first workshop. There is no cost to attend however we will be taking donations to offset the cost of the facilitator's travel. 

No rule book. No time frame. No judgement. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul. 
 This week's Birthdays 
 
October 12: Dana Elliot
October 12: Marlene Spuck
October 13: Hans Zigmund
October 14: Lynn Ruschhaupt
October 15: Kathy Basil
October 15: Peter McBride
October 17: Bob Burgwald
 
My sweet Lord, we come to you in thanksgiving for all those who are celebrating this week. May they feel your mighty arms wrapped tightly around them, today and every day this year. 
Practicing our Faith Book Club will be meeting next Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild room. The book they will be discussing this month is entitled
Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World by Brian McLaren. If you are interested, the book can be purchased via Amazon by clicking here.
 
FOR THE LIFE OF PRAYER:
O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved and in quiet and confidence shall be our strength; we pray that by the might of your spirit you will lift us to your presence where we may be still and know that you are God. AMEN
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The next regular Daughters of the King meeting will be Saturday, November 2nd starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Resource Room.
The newly formed Recovery & Healing Ministry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m in the Guild Room.  All are welcome to join us, as we explore the addictive and co-dependent nature of Western society and seek to find recovery and healing that only comes through Spiritual transformation.  Currently we are studying Addiction and Grace by Gerald G. May, M.D.  You can purchase the book through your local bookseller or by clicking on the image above to purchase it through Amazon. 
SouthWest InterFaith Team (SWIFT) 
Care and Share Project 2019

SWIFT will be collecting toiletry items for the Rich Township Pantry between now and October 20th. If you are able to contribute, there is a collection box in the narthex or donations may be dropped off at the Parish Office.

Every single donation is needed and appreciated!
To help aid the collection process, an informational board has been placed in the undercroft. Each Post-it on the board has one item listed on it and the idea is that when someone takes a post-it, they have committed to donating the item that's listed. This system helps us create complete care packages instead of having an abundance of the same item. 


Sorting and packing of donations will take place here at St. John's on Sunday, October 20th from 2-5pm.Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Any questions may be directed to
Bryan Burke
interfaith.swift@gmail.com. 
Coming Up This Week:

Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m. Parting Thoughts Grief Workshop (Resource Room)

Sunday, October 13
8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  

9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Formation: Walk in Love (Resource Room)
9:00 a.m. Church School (Education Wing)

10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II 
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 


Wednesday, October 16
9:00 a.m Holy Eucharist w/Healing
10:00 a.m. Bible Study (Resource Room)
6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
7:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
7:00 p.m. Healing & Recovery (Guild Room)
8:00 p.m. A.A. (Undercroft)


Thursday, October 17
7:00 p.m. Practicing our Faith Book Club (Guild Room)

Sunday, October 20
8:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Formation: Walk in Love (Resource Room)
9:00 a.m. Church School (Education Wing)

10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  
5:00 p.m. St. John's Table 
Other Announcements

Pastoral Care & Hospital Visits
One of the most important aspects of ministry is visiting with those who are ill.  If you or a family member or friend are hospitalized, please be sure to contact the Parish Office at (708) 798-4150 as soon as possible to let us know.  It used to be that hospitals would notify clergy of parishioners who have been admitted.  With HIPPA laws as they now are, hospitals are NOT allowed to contact us anymore.  If you are in the hospital, or are in need of pastoral care, Fr. Jeremy wants to visit you, but he cannot do so if no one tells him that you are in the hospital. Please make this a part of your family's emergency plan, to have someone contact the church.  Thank you for your assistance. 
The Fine Print
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150
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The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
Rector
frjeremy@mysje.org
To schedule an appointment with Fr. Jeremy,
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